Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Matt, Paolo and I sat down to an easy task of selecting a TGY .. no big deal, I buy about 80% of my TGY from Mrs. Yang. We spent 3 hrs tasting back and forth only trying 6 TGY teas .. plus some Pu-Erh. Strange, we all were very critical and relatively negative on our tasting comments. Long story short, and lesson learned. We had just finished a meal at our favorite Thai restaurant, on bar street, our taste buds were hopelessly affected by the spiced food, rendering us incapable of selecting a TGY. So thx to Mrs Yang for picking one closest to what I bought in January.
The girls are busy getting an order ready for a Korean couple that are also regular customers.
A ready selection of Pu-Erh ....
All produced in 2007, priced at 65-75 RMB. Of the 3, the 7572 had the most potential.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
"China Calls off Week-long May Day Holiday.
China has decided to suspend the week-long May Day holiday this year, however, people can enjoy a consecutive vacation from May 1 to 5." All in an effort to curb the chronic logistics nightmares of an other mass migration, close on the heals of New Year.
This might be the "Official Party Line" but I know a number of factories and business that will take advantage and extend the holidays a couple of extra days. Ok to be fair some will only take 5/1 .. one day holiday.
Tourist volume shrinks in shortened May Day holiday
Chinese had their fervor for holiday sightseeing cooled by a shortened vacation as tourist volume slumped nearly a quarter in the past three-day May Day holiday.
A total of 8.94 million people visited 119 monitored tourist spots around the country from May 1 to May 3, 24.45 percent down from the same period last year, the national office in charge of holiday affairs said on Saturday. Three women of the Miao ethnic group walk under Sanyou (Three Friends) Waterfall at the Yuanbao Mountain in Rongshui, South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
As for me I'm heading back to So. Cal on Tuesday morning, 8:30am to Hong Kong to LAX.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Left to right: DaoJiao-Dongguan-DaLang-ChangPing:
Back in March 1st. I went over to DaoJiao town (see post: Saturday - Part One, DaoJiao town) Not one, of the 200 stores have opened.
Lets hope we see "Better Quality" tea, readably available at reasonable prices.
If I have time on Sunday .. I'll pull together a larger sampling of prices to better quantify today's offerings: A variety of top name factories, 2008 Shu and Sheng cakes for 30-40 RMB ...
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Random synapses firings -. Subconscious generations seeping to the conscious, I truly don’t know. This morning I awoke to thoughts from history lessons bouncing between my temporal lobes. (need to cut down on the late night tea ) or it may have been the cell phone ringing in the wee hours of the morn ....
Harold Macmillan, (unfortunately not one of Brittan’s finest) delivered two speeches in early 1960, with thoughts that enriched my lexicon.
"The wind of change is blowing through this [African] continent, and whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. We must all accept it as a fact, and our national policies must take account of it."
How this connected to the images of: Hastings, Cressy and Agincourt, will hopefully be revealed in the fullness of time.
“The wind of change is blowing, recognize the fact, capture the wind and trim sail accordingly." " Le vent du changement souffle....
Monday, April 21, 2008
Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that, if a person is one step away from each person he or she knows and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people he or she knows, then everyone is an average of six "steps" away from each person on Earth.
Recognition to the late, Hungarian mathematician; Paul Erdős.
Starting with my Colleague: Mr. One
His Friend: Mr. Two
His business partner: Mr. Three
His Girlfriend: Miss Four
Her Friend: Miss Five (now Mr. two’s girlfriend)
Her Friend: Miss Six .. from Yunnan.
Conversation synopsis: Mr. One, Matt “My friend John likes Pu-erh tea.” Miss Four, Afai, “Pierre’s girlfriend, MeMe’s friend (Mr. two, Miss Five and Six), is from Yunnan. I’ll see if she can bring some tea next time she visits.” Mr. Two, Mario was having a beer. (FYI Pierre and Mario are Germans, go figure) If you need high end leather furniture, these are the guys to contact.
The first gift was the: Da Ya, a Gold Medal Tea, from the: Ming Hai factory. Golden Needle White Lily, 2007 tea. (4/13/08 entry One-Off Pu-Erh)
Two large 1,000gm blocks of: April 2007 Cooked Pu-Erh From: Shu Ang Jiang Hong Jun Cha Chang Rong Yu Chu Pin:
Twin River Red Army Tea Factory Honorable reputation Produced Product.
A 4 hour drive, mostly in rain through very low hanging clouds, we arrive in Shao Guan Town, (still in Guangdong), but if you stand on your tip-toes you can see Hunan.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, it was all about the torrential downpours .. Typhoon Neoguri hit us late Saturday afternoon. Matt and I were visiting Robert, in Huang Jian Town. At 6:00 pm we all drove over to Chang Ping, to meet up with friends for dinner.
In less than 20min we were driving in fast flowing, shallow river(s). (aka the road) Fortunately our progress was only slowed, not halted. Rain and flooded streets, added a level of excitement to the day. The liberal application of Black Label, ensured the "spirits" were not dampened.
Sunday: No rain, a bit overcast, clean air, a nice byproduct of the strong winds and heavy rains. A good day for Pu-Erh and TGY.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Long Feng Tai 龍 鳳 胎 Dragon and Phoenix Twins. Now 24, Andrew and Heather share their birthday on Friday 4/18
Heather in Fiji with some of the local kids.
Andrew models a Tea shirt:
Ben celebrates birthday number 2 ....
Robin (Ben's dad) celabrates making it this far ... Yes that's a cup of tea, the beers for Ben and his pals ...
Robbie picked up a Volvo a couple of weeks ago ...
A couple of weeks back, the truck rear door "blew out" .. stress from new lift shocks. $625.00 later we have a new rear door !!
Friday, April 18, 2008
“Hi, We have just returned from Thailand where we experienced the tea ceremony but did not buy the cups etc for fear of breakage. Now that we are back home we cannot find a supplier. Could you let us know where you got yours from please. We love the 2 cups on a tray (1 being the sniffing cup) and the only place I have seen these since is on your website. Thank you in advance for your help.”
Being at the source of tea and related items, I tend to forget that we don't all have the same ready access.
Annette .. thank you for your e-mail .. FYI there are sources on the Internet. Just a few that I know of:
Check under Teaware-Cups
This could be a promising site for tea: http://www.skip4tea.com/
Hope this sets you on the right path ... if not just drop a note and I'll see what I can do. I'll be in China for an other couple of weeks.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Arrived Taipei Wed. afternoon .. no travel problems. NOTE there was an additional security check leaving Shenzhen before entering the immigration / customs area. Only for dual registration vehicles.
Taipei at this time of the year reminds me of Paris .. it just does, filtered sunlight, tree lined streets .. busy sky's .. a general lightness is the air, feels good.
Wed. evening, unfortunately Dawn (Tim's girlfriend) was studying for a French language examination, so just Tim and I for dinner at the Miramar Garden, great meal, a special thank you to: chefs Andy Chiang and John Hu.
Taipei 101 at the: Lower Right Pushpin .. Miramar; upper left.
Thursday, most of the morning at the factory .. afternoon: a stop at YingGe .. then off to San Yi
Ying Ge ..The Parrot, hard to miss this place..This simple, unassuming tea service is EXTREAMLY well made and esthetically pleasing. Taipei City in the north, San Yi, south east pushpin, approx 2 hr drive
The weather was just perfect with mix of clouds, strong sun, refreshing breezes and NO rain...(unlike Paris) SanYi; the epi-center of Taiwan wood carving. This table is over 15 feet long and is SOLID (hard to tell with the surrounding statues) The sheer size of some the tables must be seen to be appreciated. Yu Hwa Ceramics studio. What a great find .. hand crafted ceramics by the owner / artist . Mrs. Yeh, wraps a present (for Patrick) Four of her friends are visiting today, from Kaohsiung. Using products made by herself, Mrs Yeh serves tea. (for 7)A nice close to a fun visit. .. Xie Xie Ni
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
All being well, I will be in Taipei Wed. afternoon, spend a couple of days and back to Hong Kong/ China on Friday.
A short trip takes most of the day: Dongguan to HK 2 hr drive, 2 hrs at HKIA (international flight) 1:45min flight .. 1:30 drive to Taipei.
Matt is back on the Brisbane to Hong Kong bus, due to arrive in Dongguan late Friday evening. The next couple of weeks look to be Very Very busy.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The basic foundation is finished ... 365.76 centimeters, square. That's 12 feet in old money.
Trevor drives a few supports as we lay the decking..
Trim off the ends .. and I'm spent.
Some ground cover around the perimeter, and we are ready for Tea
Now comes some finish work and screens ..but that will have to wait as I'm back in DG China. But a little bird (Robin) let me know a contractor showed up when I left and a new driveway and front entry is under way ... YES !!!!!